Lucknow, Sept 5: The cricketer-turned-BJP MP Navjot Singh Sidhu, who returned to Amritsar after a year, on Thursday hit out on the Parkash Singh Badal-led Punjab government for not releasing funds for his projects.
While addressing the media persons at his residence, the 'sulking' Sidhu said that the government was treating him as if he was an "MP from some opposition party".
Being upset over getting raw deal from the SAD-BJP coalition government, Sidhu alleged that many of his dream projects were in limbo for want of funds.
Sidhu lashed out at the Badal government saying, "There are broken roads, no sewerage, street light not working and no money being given by the state government for these projects. I want to ask this government if I belong to opposition party and the city of Golden Temple is being discriminated."
He also said, "There should not be discrimination with Amritsar and rather more funds should be released to the city given its religious and historic significance."
Sidhu said he felt like an MP from some opposition party.
On the government's failure, he said, "When our government came to power I thought we will make big development but I am sorry to say that we have failed up to the expectation."
In a major embarrassment to the party, Sidhu even said that the Punjab CM diverted the funds meant for developing Amritsar to other cities.
Sidhu's wife, Navjot Kaur Sidhu is also the BJP MLA from East Amritsar.
After returning to Amritsar, Sidhu told reporters, "I went to Mumbai to earn money and that's the reason I could not come here. Now I am available full-time for my voters."
Last week, an NGO launched a poster campaign for the "missing" Mr Sidhu and announced a reward of Rs two lakh for bringing him back to his constituency.